Land of Many Gifts – Introduction
Focusing on village life in the historic era, the Land of Many Gifts gallery showcases the numerous contributions of women within Plains societies. Learn about the prosperous gardens owned by the women of the Upper Missouri River tribes. Whether a young child or a grandparent, every person in a village has an important role, seen in Children and Elders. Observe how Women’s Art is about more than artistic beauty, it also has important social and economic functions.
The centerpiece of the gallery is an Absaroke Ashtáale (Crow Lodge or Tipi), one of the most beautiful and practical shelters ever invented. The voice of Alma Snell, Absaroke, granddaughter of Pretty Shield, speaks about life in a lodge, and Louella Johnson, Absaroke, sings lullabies.